A stunning wine with fabulous smoky flavors along with notes of baconfat and char. Quite crisp and linear suggesting this wine still needs more time to develop the classic complexity these wines are capable of. Plenty of black cherry fruit along with floral violet notes and a fine mineral complexity which is already apparent on the long finish after some time in a decanter. Medium-bodied and very fine. Note to self; hold my last Two bottles for at least 5 more years. 95+
Wonderful nose of smoke, blackberry, bbq grill drippings, black cherry, grilled meat, with black pepper in the background. And thrown in for good measure, to balance the dark side of its personality, this wine has distinctly floral notes lurking in the background of the nose. With more exposure to air, the floral notes play a larger role. The palate is quite similar with perhaps more of an earthiness and less smokey and meaty qualities. A well balanced wine with the tannins having smoothed considerably in the last five years. As good as this is now, it should be better in 5 years. This could have benefited from a longer decant; I would recommend at least three hours.
Bottle of Pain dinner (Ibiza, New Haven, CT): A fascinating contrast to the '91 La Turque; whereas that comes across more vividly smoky and meaty, the emphasis here is more on high toned spicy, peppery and floral elements that accent the fruit and meaty elements. As with the '91, the balance is fantastic with a very polished, graceful mouthfeel, resolved tannins and great persistence.
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(Guigal Cote Rotie La Turque) A 1989 Guigal Cote Rotie La Turque burned rubber in the nose fast and furiously. There was lots of classic, mountainous Rhone fruit with tons of minerals and quartz. The palate was very peppery and also with bacon, earth and garrigue flavors. Victor found its bacon qualities more ‘smoked meat.’ The wine was a bit dry, its only flaw (94).
(Guigal Cote Rotie La Turque) We sat down to a pair of La Turques, 1989 and 1990, to be exact. The Rhone had finally made an appearance on my Asian tour, and the 1989 Guigal Cote Rotie La Turque was special stuff. At first, it was very shy and wound, with slick tannins and alcohol, subtle and slinky yet long and elegant. Cracked white pepper, violet and crushed black fruits eased out of its reticent nose slowly but surely. The palate was quite spicy with lots of pepper, cedar and mineral flavors, yet somehow the wine was able to remain soft and caressing. There was impeccable balance, nice spice and enough pitch to make the three tenors go for thirds